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September 17, 2014

St. Max Youth Group To Run With Homeboy On Oct. 18!

“I really find it important to enable the youth to do community service,” says Laura Diaz, Director of Faith Formation at St. Maximilan Kolbe Catholic Church in Oak Park. Diaz, who has been a youth minister for the past 27 years, is sending a team of runners from St. Max’s youth ministry to Homeboy Industries’ “Every Angeleno Counts” 5K on October 18.

Along with a weeklong mission trip in summer, St. Max’s youth ministry participates in two service projects every month during the school year.  “We’re still a newer community,” says Diaz of St. Max, which opened its doors in 2001.  “We have five high schools in our area so there’s a lot of youth.”  Diaz has helped build up the program.  When she started, “there was no active youth ministry.  It’s been fun working with parishioners and youth leaders [to change that].”

Races that support non-profit organizations are a great fit for her organization.  “Most of the kids are incredible athletes,” says Diaz. “Sometimes I’ll tell them, ‘I’m racing you.  For every minute I’m faster than you, I’ll donate this amount of money.’  I’m a triathlete myself.  If I put competition in, they get very excited.  They think, ‘Let’s beat Laura!’”

“This particular event for us is important,” she adds. “We live in a completely different world here in Westlake Village.  It’s important for our youth to get out of their bubble and see that there are others who are just like them.  We can all be in community together.  This is one reason why I think the Homeboy 5K is so important.”

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September 17, 2014

Keeping a Promise: 5K Team Captain, Roberta Gilman

“I’ve been a teacher all my life until I retired. Now I’m trying to stay fit!” says Roberta Gilman, a team captain for Homeboy Industries’ “Every Angeleno Counts” 5K, taking place this October 18. 

Roberta is a former professor of writing at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Last year, the university’s Promise for Education crowdfunding campaign inspired her to challenge herself.  “You made a promise to donate to the cause.  My promise was to run some kind of race for charity every month for a year.” 

Roberta first learned about Homeboy Industries when she was browsing in a bookstore and found Father Greg Boyle’s book Tattoos on the Heart.  “I was just blown away.  As soon as I read the book, I wanted to get to know Homeboy.  I got onthe website and looked stuff up.  I assigned excerpts from the book to my students for years.  It’s just the kind of thing that raises a lot of thought about compassion.  I wanted to support the effort.”

For the Homeboy 5K, Roberta has assembled a team that includes “my son and his family.  He is married and has two boys, four and six.  My husband is on my team.  Another friend of mine who went to college with me has done several events and she walks.  Her husband sometimes walks and sometimes takes off running.  What’s nice about this race is you don’t have to run the whole thing or any of it.  I like that!”  Roberta’s team is called the Beach Connection.  “My son and his family are from Long Beach. I live in Santa Barbara.”

A 5K is a good place for a new runner to start.  “I’m a senior citizen but I started running six or seven years ago,” says Roberta.  “I do some kind of run or walk every day.”  What tips can she offer to a beginner? “Start now.  Run a minute.  Walk three or four minutes.  One minute and four minutes to start with.  All you need is your watch….When you start to feel like you can run more, go two minutes, and then three minutes.  You’ll be amazed at how much faster you can go.  Keep the running just a little bit at first.  You’ll run a little bit longer each time.  That’s how I started.  At the very beginning.”

She adds, “There’s so much time between a pretty decent runner and the people who walk the whole thing.  Have fun and use this your opportunity to learn to fall in love with it.  If you run and walk, you can do it for the rest of your life.  That’s what I plan to do.  Run ‘til you’re 100!”

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September 17, 2014

Passionate About the Cause: 5K Team Captain, Melissa Stephans

Passionate About the Cause
Melissa Stephans

Special education teacher Melissa Stephans remembers a student she once had.  “He was just so passionate about gangs.  He fantasized about becoming a gangbanger.  I was trying to get to the root of it and help him understand the realities, good and bad.”  A specialist in at-risk youth, Melissa would like to work in juvenile justice.  She came across Homeboy Industries through her research.  “I’ve been teaching for three and a half years, and I’ve met kind and generous people from Homeboy who’ve given tours, talked and shared stories with my students.  I started really trying to create a relationship between Homeboy and whatever school I was at, with students who needed mentorship, who needed at least a glimpse into what kind of life they could lead, positive or negative.  I wanted to help open their eyes to make intelligent choices.” 

The Homeboy mission resonates with Melissa.  “If I could create an organization myself, it would be this one.  Everybody has some kind of story and everybody deserves to have a chance to do something positive with their lives,” she says. “There isn’t a lot of help or assistance for people who desperately need this kind of support.  Homeboy fills that niche.”

Melissa is a team captain for Homeboy Industries’ “Every Angeleno Counts” 5K on October 18.  “My goal is to have fun and meet people who are like minded,” she says.  I don’t have a lot of money but I really want to support Homeboy.  I got two friends who would be down to do it with me—these two girls are also passionate about the cause, so I thought it would be fun to run with them.” 

She adds, “This a great opportunity for me to give back to Homeboy because they’ve done a lot for my students—which means they’ve done a lot for me.”

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September 12, 2014

Edison International Helps Homeboy Clients Build a Future

We are pleased to announce a generous gift of $10,000 from Edison International to support Homeboy’s new Construction & Industrial Safety Training program. We have learned that in order to earn a living wage and provide for their families after their 18 month period at Homeboy ends, trainees need specialized vocational training and certification. This need is acute: Many trainees lack formal education and some have never held a “real” job prior to walking through Homeboy’s doors.

Building on our model Solar Panel Training program, we are launching a new training vertical: Construction & Industrial Safety. The 60 participants in this proposed project will gain hard and soft job skills, and affirm their ability to become contributing members of the community.

“We think about maintenance as just someone with a broom, but maintenance is a way of life,” said a former trainee Robert, who now oversees Homeboy’s maintenance crew. “It’s going to the classes that will help you out, or the AA meeting that keeps you going. I have the privilege of seeing people make small gains—getting a tattoo removed or doing what they’re supposed to do. I get a check for working here, but beyond that, my soul gets fulfilled.”

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September 08, 2014

Top 5 reasons why the Homeboy Industries Food Truck is a great story.

1. Our 10th social enterprise business: The Homeboy Industries Food Truck is the tenth business to launch since the organization was founded by Father Greg Boyle in 1988. It will feature a variety of Homeboy’s food products including seven types of chilaquiles, five tacos, sandwiches, and pastry selections from Homeboy’s bakery production facility. Learn about our other businesses.

2. All proceeds benefit Homeboy: Homeboy’s social enterprises generate revenue and provide job training with all business proceeds benefitting Homeboy Industries' comprehensive programs and services including education, legal services, tattoo removal, job training, and more.

3. Continued transformation: The Homeboy Food Truck is operated by a staff manager and trainees who are graduates of Homeboy’s 18 month comprehensive program for formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women. This business represents our mission as it makes it possible to bring a taste Homeboy's food and our message of love, hope, kinship, and compassion to every Angeleno just as generous supporters help bring hope to this great city.

4. Great Food: The Homeboy Food Truck will feature a variety of Homeboy’s food products including seven types of chilaquiles, five tacos, sandwiches, and pastry selections from Homeboy’s bakery production facility.

5. This is just the beginning: This Food Truck is the first of what could eventually be many Homeboy Food Trucks throughout greater LA.


The Homeboy Industries Food Truck is at various set locations throughout greater Los Angeles and is available for event catering. View the full menu, live updated calendar of locations and much more at Follow the truck on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for live updates @homeboytruck.

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October 18, 2014
September 23, 2014

Community Roundtable

Homeboy Industries and Children’s Institute, Inc. present our 2nd Community Roundtable

"The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children"

Tuesday, September 23rd

Children's Institute, Inc. (Otis Booth Campus)
2121 Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90026

For more info and registration

To download flyer

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June 13, 2014

Fatherhood Solution Conference

Friday, June 13th

7th Annual Fatherhood Solution Conference
Westin LAX Hotel
5400 West Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90045

I’ve attached the conference brochure and below is the link to the registration website:


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May 29, 2014

Transformation Stories Live: An Evening of Kinship and Compassion at Homeboy Industries

Join us on May 29th for Transformation Stories Live in the intimate setting of Homegirl Café. Celebrate the lives of the men and women who courageously choose the path of transformation every day at Homeboy Industries as we gather together to hear their stories. 

RSVP now!

2014 Homeboy Hero Jose Rodriguez and Homeboy trainees will share their stories. The program will be preceded by food and cocktails catered by Homegirl Café.

The event is $12 per person. Proceeds support Homeboy Industries.

When: Thursday, May 29; reception at 5:30, hourlong program at 6 p.m.

Where: Homegirl Café, 130 Bruno St., Los Angeles, CA, 90012

Please RSVP here:

And don't forget: May is Lo Maximo month, which means that everyone who signs up as a monthly giver through Tattoos on the Heart will receive a bag full of Homeboy goodies!

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April 26, 2014

Salud Arte: Building Healthy Communities

Salud Arte

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April 12, 2014

Goodeggs Foodhub Opening

Please stop by the Homeboy Industries table at the Goodeggs Los Angeles Foodhub Opening on Saturday, April 12, 2-6pm 2760 Clearwater Street Los Angeles, CA 90039 Live music, food, drinks, games, fun for the entire family!

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April 04, 2014

PLACAS: The Most Dangerous Tattoo

San Francisco International Arts Festival
present “Healing from Violence” A Conversation with Alex Sanchez of Homies Unidos, Father Greg Boyle of Homeboy Industries and Jerry Tello of National Compadres Network & National Latino Fatherhood and Family Institute Friday, April 4th, 2014. 5:30pm-7:00pm (updated times), FREE at Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) 514 S. Spring Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90013 You are invited to attend this special conversation with community leaders working on local, national and international levels who will be discussing the topic of “Healing from Violence.”

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April 02, 2014

Safe Neighborhoods And Schools Rally

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February 20, 2014

Community Roundtable

On Thursday, March 20, 2014, in collaboration with Homeboy Industries, Children's Institute, Inc. will hold a one-day community roundtable to discuss several of the issues related to helping individuals successfully reintegrate into society after incarceration. We hope you'll join us! Click on the image for more information. roundtable

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December 14, 2013

Usher in the holidays with Transformation Stories at Homegirl Cafe

Please join us Saturday, December 14 at 4 p.m. for a special holiday edition of our ongoing Transformation Stories events. Experience inspiring stories of kinship and courage from Homeboy trainees, enjoy tamales from Homegirl Cafe and enter the raffle to win a gorgeous gingerbread house from Homeboy Bakery! From the margins to finding the Homeboy community, Homeboy trainees will share their experiences, revealing how while working at Homeboy their lives have been changed and how community trumps gang.


Learn how you can become a sustaining member of the Homeboy Industries community during the holidays and beyond, through our monthly giving program, Tattoos on the Heart.

This afternoon of kinship will feature tamales, as well as other light bites and aguas frescas from Homegirl Café.

Transformation Stories Saturday, December 14th, 2013 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. (light bites at 4, program at 4:30) Homegirl Cafe 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, California 90012 Come on down. Please bring a friend. Admission by donation.

Presented by Tattoos on the Heart, Homeboy Industries’ new monthly giving program.

Easy monthly giving funds major monthly transformations.

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November 23, 2013

Fighting Shadows, Richard’s Cabral’s one man show

FIGHTING SHADOWS by RICHARD CABRAL, with ROBERT EGAN This is a passionate and poignant one man show celebrating the power of human transformation and redemption. The play is filled with story, poetry, music and love. Raised by a single mother in East Los Angeles, Richard fell victim to the self-destructive cycle that he and his family were born into -- gangs and drug addiction, and a life of crime that began in his early teens. By the age of 14, Richard was incarcerated. By 20 he was accused of shooting a rival gang member and fought a 35-year-to-life sentence. Through his art as actor and storyteller and his relationship with Homeboy Industries, Richard would turn his former life of pain into a thing of beauty. Richard now helps others who still struggle with the violent lives they were born into -- to see the light as he did. This one man show is his story. Richard Cabral is a professional actor who grew up in the gang world of East Los Angeles. He was recently awarded Homeboy Industries “Homeboy Hero Award” given to the former gang member who has moved on, 'graduated" from the Homeboy program, someone who has most profoundly transformed his/her life. Richard has been in five feature films, numerous television shows and now this, his first major theatre piece. His most recent movie appearance was in the Ridley Scott film, THE COUNSELOR. Robert Egan is a professional director, dramaturge and producer. He was the Producing Artistic Director of the Mark Taper Forum for 20 seasons and presently is the Artistic Director/Producer of the Ojai Playwrights Conference. Robert has worked with Homeboy Industries for over a decade and was one of the original creators of the Lo Maximo Award ceremony. Suggested $10 donation at the door. Tickets are free. RSVP REQUIRED Performance at Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 South Spring Street, Los Angeles, California 90013

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November 02, 2013

Basketball Game vs. Power 106

Saturday November 2nd. Get your tickets for the battle on the court. Homeboy's basketball team will take on popular LA radio's Power 106.

Tickets are $10. Limited VIP tickets available. Get yours here.

Doors open at 5:30 pm. Game time is 6 pm.

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September 21, 2013

2013 5K Run/Walk

Join us this Saturday for the 4th annual Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk at Los Angeles State Historic Park!

Early packet pick-up is at Homegirl Café on Friday, the night before the race, from 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, September 21, 2013
6-7:30 a.m. - On-site registration and packet pick-up
8 a.m. - Race time
The Homeboy Marketplace will be open until 11 a.m. with food and fun for everyone!
Los Angeles State Historic Park
1245 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA ‎

On-site registration will be $45.00/adults, $20.00/kids $40.00/team members. We will accept cash, credit cards & checks.
-Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run alongside case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!

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August 22, 2013

Wine tasting event hosted by the Los Angeles Paralegal Association will benefit Homeboy

The Los Angeles Paralegal Association is holding a wine tasting on August 22. Proceeds from the event will go to support job training and the free services and programs offered at Homeboy Industries. Homeboy speakers will be on hand to share their experiences and answer questions. Learn more and register at L.A. Paralegal Assocation hosts benefit wine tasting event for Homeboy

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June 23, 2013

Kris Kristofferson & John Flynn Benefit Concert for Homeboy Industries

Smothers Theater, Pepperdine University

June 23rd, 2013 at 7:30 pm

kris kristofferson live in concert
Kris Kristofferson

Tickets are on sale NOW!

Tickets can be purchased in person at the Smothers Theater box office, over the phone at (310) 506-4522, or online at

VIP Tickets @ $250 include a private post-performance dessert reception with the artists and Father Greg Boyle

Additional tickets are $75 and $45.

Proceeds support job training and wraparound services for formerly gang-involved and previously incarcerated men and women at Homeboy Industries. Call (323) 526-1254 x312 with questions. In addition to regular reserved seating tickets, a select number of VIP packages will be available, which will include premium seating within the first three rows, a limited-edition commemorative concert poster, and a meet-and-greet opportunity with Kristofferson, John Flynn, and Homeboy Industries founder Fr. Gregory Boyle after the show.

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May 18, 2013

“G-DOG” held over in Los Angeles Laemmle theaters - May 18 & 19

Thanks to audience support, "G-DOG" has been held over once again through May 19th at Laemmle theaters in Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 18th - 11am // Sunday, May 19th - 11am. Thanks for spreading the word to your friends and family!

* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711

Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer

Purchase tickets: Online Tickets

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May 04, 2013

“G-DOG” extended screenings in Los Angeles - May 4 & 5

If you missed the SoCal theatrical debut of "G-DOG" last week, you're in luck!! Due to popular demand, "G-DOG", the new documentary about Homeboy and Father Greg, has been extended through this weekend at Laemmle theaters in Santa Monica, North Hollywood, Pasadena and Claremont. Saturday, May 4th - 11am // Sunday, May 5th - 11am.

Join Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock, for a special Q&A following the screening of "G-DOG" in Santa Monica.

Join Homeboy staff for Q&A's following the screenings in NoHo, Pasadena and Claremont.

* Laemmle Monica 4-Plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
* Laemmle NoHo 7, 5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
* Laemmle Playhouse 7, 673 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101
* Laemmle Claremont 5, 450 W. 2nd St., Claremont, CA 91711

Check out the trailer: G-DOG Trailer

Purchase tickets: Online Tickets

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April 25, 2013

“G-DOG” - Purchase the DVD today

G-Dog the Movie

Get your copy today from the Homeboy Industries Merchandise Store and Online.
G-Dog is a story about second chances - about the charismatic visionary Greg Boyle, a Jesuit priest who rescues kids from gangs by launching the largest, most successful gang intervention and rehab program, Homeboy Industries, now an international model. "Must See Film..." - Huffington Post "Inspirational" - LA Times "Amazing Film" - Film Talk, KPCC "Riveting…Brilliantly Told" - Latino Weekly Review

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April 20, 2013

Homeboy at the LA Times Festival of Books - April 20 & 21

Please swing by and support the Homeboy booth at the upcoming LA Times Festival of Books!!! Saturday, April 20th and Sunday, April 21st. We'll be near the cooking stage and food trucks in the Blue Zone on Cromwell Field at USC - Booth #2081. Father Greg will be signing his NY Times best-seller, Tattoos on the Heart, and Homegirl Cafe Chef Pati Zarate will sign her beautiful, brand-new cookbook, Hungry for Life. Father Greg will be available: Saturday, 10-11am/4:30-6pm & Sunday, 12-5pm. Chef Pati will be available all throughout each day. We look forward to seeing you there!! Free and open to the public. For more info, go to the event website at:

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April 16, 2013


The Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is thrilled to present the documentary "G-Dog", by Academy Award-winner Freida Lee Mock, as the first event of the 2013 NVFF K-12 Education & Outreach Program. After a well-received screening at last November's festival, the NVFF wants to continue sharing this important story with the community. Homeboy staffers and "G-Dog" co-stars, Hector Verdugo and Fabian Debora, will attend the screenings and discussions. Please join them at one of the following shows: Tuesday, April 16th, 5:30-8pm - Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School Auditorium. Wednesday, April 17th, 5:30-9pm - Napa District Auditorium. Thursday, April 18th, 6:30-9:30pm - American Canyon High School Auditorium. Possible additional screening in Calistoga TBA. Admission is free for students with ID, and $5 for adults. Tickets sold at door. More info at:

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April 05, 2013

“G-DOG” at Cleveland International Film Festival - April 5-6

The 37th Cleveland International Film Festival will screen the new documentary, "G-Dog", for two nights. One of its stars, Homeboy Substance Abuse Counselor and resident artist, Fabian Debora, will be in attendance, along with Academy Award-winner, Freida Lee Mock. Two screenings: Friday, April 5th, 7:10pm. Saturday, April 6th, 4:40pm. Tower City Cinemas, Tower City Center, 230 W. Huron Road, Cleveland, OH 44113. For more info, go to:

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March 05, 2013

“G-DOG” film screening in Sydney, Australia

For those Homeboy supporters who live Down Under, please go support the Closing Night screening of "G-Dog", the new doco about Homeboy Industries and Father Greg, by Academy Award winner Freida Mock. Homeboy staffers, and "G-Dog" stars, Louis Perez and Fabian Debora, will be there to welcome you with big, open arms! Please stop by to say g'day and lend your support. Tuesday, March 5th. 6pm. Big Picture Film Festival, Event Cinemas, Sydney, Australia. Tickets required. More info at:

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December 15, 2012

2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk - December 15, 2012

Saturday, December 15, 2012
8 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Los Angeles State Historic Park

Join us for a great morning in the park to support Homeboy Industries!

- Registration & check-in open at 6:00am
- Come early for breakfast and shopping in the Homeboy Marketplace
- Race begins at 8am
- Stay late for post-race lunch, shopping, entertainment and community booths

What you can do now:
- Sign up to run!
- Spread the word!
- Put together a team!
- Become a corporate sponsor!
- Donate to support Team Homeboy as our homeboys and homegirls run along side case managers, employment services counselors and volunteer teachers. We'll all say thanks!

Registration Information
- $40 Adults
- $20 Children
- $30 Groups (10 or more registrants)

Each registrant will receive an exclusive 2012 Homeboy Industries 5K Run/Walk t-shirt, along with a goodie bag and a certificate for free Angela's Potion in the Homegirl Cafe or Homeboy Bakery.

Register online now!

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October 10, 2012

G Dog - Sun Valley Film Festival

Meet Homeboy Industries' Associate Executive Director, Hector Verdugo, and Director of Re-Entry Services, Shirley Torres, cast members in the new documentary G-Dog, a film by Academy Award winner Freida Lee Mock at a VIP reception and benefit screening. Saturday, October 13th. 7pm. Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley, ID. Tickets required.

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August 21, 2012

Music & Film Festival - Ford Theatre - August 21, 2012

Bring a picnic or grab dinner at the Homeboy Marketplace, rock out to your favorite Oingo Boingo songs with Johnny Vatos Boingo Dance Party (featuring former members of Oingo Boingo) and then, after the sun goes down, watch an advance screening of “G-DOG”, the new documentary from Academy Award ® Winning filmmaker, Freida Lee Mock. The film follows Father Greg Boyle and the men and women of Homeboy Industries as they faced the financial crisis that almost closed their doors forever.

Gates @ 6:00pm / Band @ 7:30pm / Movie @ 8:30pm

General Admission is $40 (advance)/$45 (regular), VIP is $150 (advance)/$155 (regular). To purchase tickets, please CLICK HERE or call 323.461.3673

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June 17, 2012

Free Screening of “G-Dog” at LA Film Fest

"G-Dog", the new film by Academy Award winning film maker, Freida Lee Mock, will be screening at this year's LA Film Fest on Father's Day (Sunday, June 17, 2012) at 4:20pm at the Regal Cinemas at Regal Cinemas LA Live. Tickets are free, but space is limited. For more information about the LA Film Fest, and to reserve your tickets, go here. The documentary, which features Father Greg, Hector Verdugo, Louis Perez, Shayna Welcher, Brian Moon and Kyle Shoaf, chronicles life at Homeboy Industries during the economic crisis that almost forced it to close its doors. For more information about the film, visit their website at

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June 08, 2012

Town Hall Meeting: Save Adult Education in LAUSD!

The Los Angeles Unified School District has taken away most funding for Adult Education within the district. Adult Education is vital for the members of this community as it is an affordable source of quality education and vocational training. Please join Father Gregory Boyle and Homeboy Industries as we open our doors to the public and invite our community's leaders to candidly discuss this impacting issue. Friday, June 8 @ 4pm Homeboy Industries Headquarters 130 West Bruno Street Los Angeles, CA 90012

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